Monday, February 22, 2016

letter from Sister Shumway - Feb. 22, 2016

That package was sooooooooooooo much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You guys spoil me. But seriously that was JUST WHAT I NEEDED. Sister Phinney and I are a little freaked out at how perfect it was. Of course neither of us expected anything for Valentine's day but a lot of people gave us chocolate (mostly), so the treats were so creative and fun to share! (ESPECIALLY the fry sauce. I am impressed.) And the pictures are fabulous, that is one of my favorite things and my wall of photos grows all the time.
As far as the toiletries, I totally needed a new toothbrush, my deodorant was not working out for me and this one is awesome, I was running low on bobbi pins, face wash, and clips, I really wanted new socks and this is the exact kind I've been looking for, the mouthwash, clothes roll, and lotion were on my list of things to get, the clothes wrinkle spray stuff works GREAT especially when I'm on crunch time, and Sister Phinney is totally jealous of my Frozen sanitizer. I just got face moisturizer so thanks for not getting that. I've literally been just waiting for the new month to budget for these things, thankyou thankyou thankyou!!! (not to mention it's always so fun to get mail haha)

Ok. Back to the work.

Susan (less-active) finally met with us! She's been busy every week for the last month (and she's basically in our backyard, of all the people to be busy only while we were walking). But we had a great visit, she's super social and wants to meet new people even though she's older, and we're going over this week with a ward missionary to cook and can stuff. And invite her to church of course.

Debbie (potential investigator) just got started on familysearch. We helped her start her account and this week we're going to find a time that works for her when she can come to the family history center at the church building and continue it, she seems excited and is interested in learning how to do indexing.

Rod and Kathy (new investigators) are flying. We taught them the Plan of Salvation, every question Rod had led perfectly to the next principle we were about to teach. We asked him if he believed the things we taught were true and he says they seem right and he wants to find out if it is, then we asked him what he would do if he did find that it was true. We brought up the possibility of baptism, and he said he hadn't considered that but was very open to it and would think and pray on that more for sure. Kathy hasn't missed a day of reading the Book of Mormon and has more questions for us. She even stays up a little late and turns on the light in the bathroom to make sure she does each day. They want to come to church, it didn't work out this last sunday but they'll try again this week.

Jennifer (investigator) is doing much much better. She took us to the cheesecake factory on Friday and we had a great visit just as friends! We have a return appointment with her tonight with the relief society president.

Julie (less-active) has progressed way further than when I first met her. She makes sure we have dinner if we don't have someone signed up whenever we go to visit, but this week she has opened up even more about her feelings and experiences. She talks to us like we're her closest friends. We invited her to church again which she hasn't been in a few decades, and she said not this last sunday but next sunday she'll make it work. We are going to bring her some skirts she can choose from this weekend. She also asked about the regional broadcast we had the sunday before that I mentioned, and that she had been thinking to ask us all week long. We had one of the best discussions with her about the foundational principles of the gospel ever.

Gabriela and Alexis (less-active) made it to church! They missed the sacrament because they were late but they're working on it, and it's definitely a step forward. They stayed through relief society and everything, they both met with the bishop and Gabriela has committed to work on getting a temple recommend again and Alexis is working towards getting her patriarchal blessing. She gets excited whenever we talk about it. They asked if we could come over again tomorrow afternoon. After all this time of them making commitments with just empty words, we're finally seeing them move forward.

We saw Mohammed (potential investigator) again, and had a great conversation with him. We gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon in Farsi (new edition) and he really really appreciated it. He wants to use the Book of Mormon, both English and Farsi together, to better learn English. We promised him it would help if he read them regularly. He wants us to meet his daughter, Rogin (pronounced like a mix of Ro-sheen and Ro-jean), who is 18 years old and attending a local college. He drives a truck around the country so he's often not home (he's actually surprised we came at just the right time to his door initially because he's gone so much and we wouldn't have come back to an unanswered door soon) but he says he feels bad for not coming to church for the last 2 weeks and will do all he can to come and bring his daughter this sunday. He lives in the Aliso Viejo ward boundaries but we have a member who is a recent convert of only a few years from Iran (her name is Tammy, and Mohammed is from Iran too!) in the Wood Canyon ward, she wants to meet him, it's just a matter of catching them both when they're not at work.

We returned the container to Carol (potential investigator who had us over for dinner and sent us home with leftovers) with homemade rice crispy treats in it. She was happy to see us, we invited her to the relief society devotional by David Archuleta this week, but she said she'll text us to have us over again sometime. She also gave us hot tamales candies while we were there.

Other stuff -

We had Zone Conference, which was basically this huge 6-7hour long training. President Orgill gave a great training on which influence we invite according to our everyday decisions, and others gave trainings as well. The biggest change though is that someone from Salt Lake in a missionary committee I forgot the official name for but he's over cars, gave us a training on something they just installed in our cars called a Tiwi (some sort of important acronym). It's this black box plugged into our car that updates Salt Lake every 2 seconds as to where we are and when. It also warns us when we're speeding or not wearing a seatbelt, and records any aggressive driving. These reports determine our driving privileges. I've got the hang of it though, the Tiwi hasn't gotten mad at me yet (we've had it only 2 days though so far). Speaking of which, we now drive a silver 2013 Toyota Corrolla. So much better than a Chevy. It's kinda weird to think you guys got a new car haha, just hard for me to picture.

By the way - the end of my 13th and last transfer is on November 29th, so I would fly out of Orange County the next day on Wednesday, November 30th. My ministerial license expires on November 22nd because it was originally anticipated that I would be home on the 23rd, but with the MTC time being extended a week it also added a week on to the end of everyone's missions that are currently out in the field. It probably would've been adjusted anyway because plane tickets are more expensive the week of Thanksgiving.

The best part of the regional broadcast we had was Elder Renlund's talk. I've been told they're going to publish it on lds.org so I’ll watch for that.

Ponderizing scripture: D&C 59:13 “And on this day thou shalt do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart that thy fasting may be perfect, or, in other words, that thy joy may be full.

Well, that’s it for now. Have another fun week!

·         Sister Shumway

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